Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Army Wives Trivia

I was on Lifetime TV Network's website yesterday and there was a fun trivia game about the show Army Wives - have any of you taken it?

Do any of you watch the show? I love it- I'm hoping the 3rd season will be back on soon-- I heard several weeks ago they were filiming it - so hopefully it won't be to much longer!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy 17th Birthday Megan!!

Today is my daughter's 17th birthday-- we are all so proud of you Megan and love you so much! I can't believe you are 17 today- time goes by so fast- it seems like only yesterday that we were bringing you home from the hospital for the first time- you mean the world to us and I am excited to see what the future brings for you-- HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGGIE MOO!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Flick your switch off for Earth Hour

Do you want to show you care about energy conservation? Simply switch off your lights on March 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time.

This is Earth Hour, and Saturday is the third annual worldwide event. Earth Hour is both a symbolic act and the start of a practical habit.

Millions of homes and businesses and hundreds of major landmarks will go dark for one hour to show that energy conservation is important.

Lighting accounts for about 11 percent of a typical American home's energy bills, while computers and electronics add another 9 percent.

Some famous buildings will be going dark today including: The Empire State Building in New York City, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Sydney Opera House, the Sears Tower in Chicago, Seattle's Space Needle, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Broadway theater marquees in New York City.

So do your little part and turn off the lights for an hour!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Simple Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

So last night I had a craving for Cheddar Cheese Biscuits- I've been wanting to make them for a while, and just hadn't done it- so last night on a whim I decided to make up a batch- the recipe is from allrecipes.com and is so simple and fast and they did come out yummy if I do say so myself- my 16 year old daughter even liked them so they couldn't be to bad! lol

I was thinking afterwards, they would be really yummy with chopped bits of ham or pepperoni mixed into them as well.


  • 2 cups bisquick baking mix
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Heat oven to 450 - ( I only put mine on 375, but that could be my oven??)
  • Mix baking mix, milk, & cheese until a soft dough forms; beat vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Drop dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cooking sheet.
  • Bake 8 - 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Mix butter & garlic powder.
  • Brush garlic mixture over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet.

    Serve warm. Makes 12.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2009

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    Thursday, March 19, 2009

    I told You So By Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis- Great Vocals!

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    Fact Of The Day:

    If you keep a goldfish in a dark room it will eventually turn white.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Megan passed her road test!!

    Finally! My 16 year old Megan (17 on the 30th of the month) passed her road test- I have to admit - this was her FOURTH time taking the driving portion of the test - the first three times, she just could not pass it (of course if she kept quiet and didn't argue with the test instructor, it might have helped at least on one occasion lol) - but she is a really good, careful driver, so I could not understand why she wasn't passing - after the third test, and winter approaching, we decided to wait a few months before trying again- so she went yesterday and did great on it and now is so happy about it!

    Megan really didn't want to go and take it again- I think the feeling of failing again was not settling well with her- this is a girl who is high honors at school - ranked 7th in her class and never has to crack open a book for anything (of course if she did, she'd probably be #1 in her class!) - so when she kept failing the test, she was getting quite frustrated - of course so was I considering teens we know who have their license have already gotten tickets, yet still retain their license and yet, here is a girl who normally drives 45ish lol and can't even pass the test!

    I was happy that it's only going to cost about $25 a month to add her to my insurance policy - that is until we get her a car, then I don't know how much it will be- but, I can also get a transcript of her grades and get some type of discount via Geico as well, so that is nice!

    Today it is suppose to be near 60 degrees out and sunny - the birds are chirping and I can feel Spring in the air - ( if that is possible )

    Happy St. Patty Day!

    Sunday, March 15, 2009

    How much is a lollipop worth?

    So, I have to admit- I'm a celeb gossip Junkie as you can see by some of the websites I have listed that I visit on a daily basis- since I'm a work at home mom, and live in a very rural area - there isn't a lot to do here and I am home sometimes more than I care to be -- with all that said - my 'entertainment' is checking in on the celebs and seeing what the gossip is of the day- one of the sites I visit is Kim Kardashian's blog and on there was a tidbit about her being the spokesperson for Sugar Factory-- well it lead me to check it out and while it's a cute idea- I can not imagine paying $22 for a bling lollipop stick and then $4 a piece for the lollipop that you screw onto the stick to eat- call me crazy- but in these economical times, I think there is far better things to do than have a $26 lollipop!! Then again, you could save about $20 by purchasing their value pack for $70 and get your choice of four sticks and four lollipops-

    don't get my wrong- I'm NOT a penny pincher- I shop way to much and my kids have way more than they need- but a $22 lollipop?!!?

    Check it out- http://www.sugarfactory.com/

    Saturday, March 14, 2009

    Does anyone use Twittermoms.com

    I signed up for this as it looked like a great website, and I still think it is- however, I joined a few groups on it and there really doesn't seem to be much interaction on the groups- if you belong to twittermoms.com- let me know how you are getting the most out of the site either for business or personal reasons- what's working for you, what hasn't- how much time do you spend on it, etc.?

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Fact Of The Day:

    11% of people in the world are left-handed - my mother and I would be among this 11%.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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    How do you forget a Candy Bar?!?!

    Last night, I had to take my mom up to the Emergency Room- thankfully she was released with some medication and all will be well- but it led me to stopping at our local Walgreen's to get a couple of prescriptions filled - while there in line for the checkout, I noticed a candy bar by Hershey's called a Thingamajig - the packaging caught my eye - and it said it was made with chocolate, cocoa crisp and peanut butter-- yum - o - so I grabbed a couple of them - once home and settled in I grabbed one to try it - after the hour I'd just had waiting for medicine in Walgreen's ( that's another post) - I needed a thingamajig!! lol - Well, as soon as I took my first bite- I was reminded of a candy bar called a whatchamacallit - this was by FAR my most favorite candy bar as a teen - I had no idea if they still made it even until I did a little google search this morning and found where you could buy it online, so I'm going to assume you can purchase it locally in stores as well-- what I can't believe is that I had forgotten all about my favorite candy bar- when did I stop eating it even?? lol - I have NO idea-- but I really like the thingamajig- maybe more than I recall liking the whatchamacallit - lol

    It's funny how something can be an obsession though like the whatchamacallit was when I was a teen and yet, we completely forget about it until something triggers the memory for us!

    Monday, March 9, 2009

    Fact Of The Day:

    The state of Maine has 62 lighthouses - that's a lot of light houses for such a tiny little state!

    25 cheap/free ways to advertise your business

    These tips were passed on to me and I thought there were some really good ideas that we all can be reminded to do, so thought I'd pass them along to you as well - do you have any tips to share for free or low cost advertising?

    1) If you have a business that is not "clear cut" (maybe you sell many different types of items, or pieces that cannot simply be shown off by a small sample) how about a pocket calendar? If you have a color printer, you can make them yourself, with pictures of your different crafts. All of your business information can be included, so every time the person opens their calendar, they are reminded of you and your store.

    2) Put your business card on magnetic sheeting. Remember, business cards with a magnetic back really stick in people's minds as well as on their refrigerator.

    3) Have your business information printed on bookmarks and drop a hundred or more off at the local library.

    4) Make a YouTube commercial.

    5) Post ads on Craigslist.

    6) Put magnetic signs, vinyl lettering or license plate frames on your car.

    7) Set up a "home party" with several of your friends to showcase your work.

    8) Jewelry designers: What about cell phone charms? Package them up with a business card and you're set.

    9) Look for websites where you can advertise for free. Find free on-line classified websites for your community.

    10) Write an e-Book on something that is relevant to your business and distribute it for free. By distributing a free product with your brand in it you will garner the trust of those interested in your product thus bringing you free targeted traffic to your business.

    11) Offer to teach a class about your craft through the local recreation & park district.

    12) Always include a business card in the envelope when you pay your bills. :)

    13) Join your local area Chamber of Commerce. They are always holding business events and "get acquainted" nights.

    14) Donate a piece to your local radio station. They have numerous contests and are always looking for sponsors. Your donation can be written off as a tax deduction and you will get free advertising and exposure.

    15) Have cardboard beverage coasters printed and distribute them to your local bars or saloons.

    16) Contact local area hotels, motels and bed & breakfast inns and ask them if you can do up a Lobby Basket and leave it in their Lobby. What is a Lobby Basket? You make up little packs of info about your business & products and put them into the Lobby Basket for their patrons to take. They usually have a pamphlet wall or area too with pamphlets from local area attractions etc. If they don't have a lobby basket area, inquire about leaving your business info in their pamphlet area.

    17) Make a business name tag and wear it every time you are in public. Make sure it has a catchy phrase like "Ask Me About (your company name)" or "Earn some FREE when you party with me!"

    18) Have computer mouse pads printed with your company logo, business information, picture, etc. and distribute them to local large businesses. This will keep your website and business in front of them every time they're on their computer!

    19) Contact a local Assisted Living Center for Senior Citizens (different than a nursing home!) and see if you can come in & offer a shopping opportunity to their Senior Residents! Seniors can't get out like they used too so they appreciate being able to shop from home. The majority of them don't own computers and if they do, they may not be extremely computer savvy. So offer a one-on-one shopping experience with them. They also appreciate the adult company!

    20) Contact Realtors and apartment buildings in your area. They usually give out new business packet info to their customers/clients to welcome them to their new home. See about adding your business information to their "Welcome Home" Packs!

    21) Establish a Referral program for your business and print out referral coupons. Offer established customers a free little gift or personal discount if they refer a new customer to you. I like to give out 3 Referral Coupons to every new customer I get so that they know they will be rewarded for referring new customers to me.

    22) Remember going to get your hair cut, and you get a "punch" in your card each time? By the time you had 10 (or more) haircuts (and punches) you'd get a free or a discounted haircut. Try it with your business. Print up your own punch cards and pass one out to each customer. Chances are they'll never use it -- or they lose it -- anyway.

    23) Make T-Shirts or blouses for yourself, your family members and your friends to wear in public which has your business advertisement on them.

    24) Set-up a "Free Giveaway" box at any store or restaurant that will give you permission. Print up registration forms to drop into the box.

    25) We all get junk mail with the postage paid envelopes. Just send a flyer or your business card back to the company and use their return envelope. ;)

    Saturday, March 7, 2009

    Public School Lunches?

    I'm just curious what people pay across the nation for their kids school lunches - we are paying $1.75 a day for each kids meal (7th & 11th grades) - which includes their basic meal and milk- drinks such as fruit punch cost 75 cents, waters are $1.00-$1.50 depending on if flavored or not, if you want an extra piece of pizza or something like that it's $1.50 - ice creams or other novelties are anywhere 50 cents to $1.00 - these prices just seem more like a local corner store than a school cafeteria!

    The school apparently has also recently in the past month downsized portions due to the fact they are loosing money they told the kids- these prices just seem crazy to me - or maybe the worst part is, I know my kids are most likely throwing 1/2 the food away - both refuse to take a lunch from home although it would be a lot cheaper and probably better for them- when they were younger, they took their lunch all the time- but now that they are older- it's not 'cool' anymore-- anyone else facing these battles and if so, what are you doing or attempting to do about it- or do you just pay the price and not worry about it?

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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    Not familiar with Greeting Cakes? They are individual little cake kits that you can mix and pop into the microwave for a quick snack- these are perfect to keep on hand at the office, at home, or to send away to college with your loved one - or instead of a greeting card for an event, you can send a greeting cake!

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    Tuesday, March 3, 2009

    Today Is Square Root Day -

    Dust off the slide rules and recharge the calculators. Square Root Day is upon us.

    The math-buffs' holiday, which only occurs nine times each century, falls on Tuesday — 3/3/09 (for the mathematically challenged, three is the square root of nine).

    The last such day was five years ago, Feb. 2, 2004, which coincided with Groundhog Day. The next is seven years away, on April 4, 2016.

    Fact Of The Day:

    A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber - useless fact of the day :O) - BUT, I bet you didn't know that!

    Sunday, March 1, 2009

    Last of the winter blues?

    I think I'm feeling the last of the winter blues - at least I hope it's the last! I have so many things I want to do - especially getting more printable items up on the website for sale, but I just can't bring myself to get motivated into doing anything!

    Over the course of the past couple of weeks, my son Alex has been sick twice with that darn intestinal bug that's going around, then I was sick and ended up in the hospital for a day because of being dehydrated, then Alex got and still has bronchitis and my daughter of course is going thru multiple health issues- even though she is pretty healthy overall - I think the strain off all of that has just wiped me out - and I need something to refresh me and jump start me back into gear!

    We didn't make it to Burlington for Meg's neurologist appointment due to the sickness and also the weather- they have rescheduled it for JUNE 2nd - yes, can you believe it - another 3 months wait to get in to see the specialist-- however, I'm hoping that the neurologist here at home will see her - she is considered a pediatric patient because she is under 18- but since she will be 17 at the end of the month, her pediatrician is hoping the adult neurologist here will see her- I'm hoping so as well- fingers crossed about that - hopefully we will find out tomorrow on that.

    My mother called me this morning and asked if my hubby and I knew his step-father has passed away on Friday-- SHOCK-- NO WE DID NOT! Hubby's mother has been in a nursing home for a few years now, and we don't really associate with his step father- they were never close and the step father basically stopped having anything to do with his mother when she entered the nursing home- so, anyways- we woke up to that news today- and hubby will be dealing with everything to do with that this week I guess- he's out of town today - his sister is supposed to come over this way tomorrow and they plan on telling their mother about his death- she doesn't even know yet!! I can't believe his daughter didn't call someone in the family and let them know - regardless of the situations, I don't think people should find these things out by reading a newspaper!

    The one thing I'm happy about is the clocks get changed ahead one hour in just a week - I can't wait- warmer weather must be just around the corner-- right?!?!